The best infra-red saunas in Brisbane with reviews

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After reading about the benefits of infra-red saunas we decided to road-test Brisbane’s hot spots. Here are our tips and tricks to get the most out of your experience:

  • Drinks lots of extra water beforehand
  • Take your own towel
  • Wear your bathers or swimmers underneath your clothes
  • Take some spare underwear to change in to
  • Take a bottle of water for the car trip home

After your sauna session, you’ll feel super relaxed and refreshed. You’ll probably just want to curl up on a bed with a good book or watch a movie. Don’t plan a big day afterwards. Just head home for a shower and take it easy. I usually sleep better for three nights afterwards and I love the way my skin and body feels.

8 scientifically proven benefits of infra-red saunas

  • A sauna can lead to deeper and more relaxed sleep.
  • Saunas can improve your cardiovascular performance by increasing your heart rate.
  • Finnish researchers found regular sauna users had a lower risk of sudden cardiac death and fatal coronary heart disease. It also extended their life. They believe it was likely due to the decrease in blood pressure and increase in blood vessel diameter
  • Saunas assist the body to detoxify from chemicals and heavy metals via your skin. Sweating can eliminate PCBs, metals and toxins which are stored in your fat cells.
  • Saunas increase your growth hormone which is crucial for repair and recovery of muscle after exercise. They help to remove the by-products such as lactic acid and calcium ions.
  • They provide relief from muscular pain and arthritis. This is due to an increase in the release of anti-inflammatory compounds such as noradrenaline, adrenaline, cortisol and endorphins.
  • After a sauna session, researchers found increases in a number of positive markers in blood, showing that they stimulate the immune system. German and Finnish studies show that regular saunas lead to a 30% decrease in the chance of getting a cold or flu.
  • Sweating improves your skin’s health as it helps to remove bacteria and increases capillary circulation.

Review of Sauna at A1 Colon Hydrotherapy, Aspley

This sauna is located in a residential part of Aspley on 33 Kildonan Street. The premise looks like someone’s brick house and it is located on the bottom floor. The sauna itself is large and easily fits two people. You sit on a comfy cushion covered in plastic. There are optional cloth robes provided.

The cost is $40 for half an hour. You can save money with a great package deal of $200 for ten sessions if paid up front.

A1 Colon Hydrotherapy website

Review of Sauna at Witness the Fitness, Rosalie

This sauna is located in an odd corner of a workout space inside Witness the Fitness. The space is located upstairs on the second floor. When we went there was a group fitness class being held. They provide towels. The sauna is smaller but it still does the job.

You can book online for an affordable $25 for half an hour. You can save money by booking ten sessions for $200 but this must be used within 60 days from purchase.

Witness the Fitness website

We recommend you look for a sauna which uses infra-red, as they emit fewer EMFs.

 

Chiasso Coffee Roasters review

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Chiasso Coffee Roasters is named after a small town on the Swiss-Italian border. It is Italian for ‘create an uproar’.

We tasted two different types of single origin beans from Chiasso Coffee Roasters.

The first single-origin bean was Colombian Pitalito, which had a heavy body, rich flavour, and finely balanced acidity. Pitalito is a southern region of Colombia.

The second single-origin was Ethiopian Yirgecheffe, which had light, fragrant and fruity flavours. It is a handmade coffee processed carefully by the traditional drying method. It’s an excellent choice for those who want a traditional organically grown coffee.

Andrew from Chiasso Coffee Roasters says “We offer the left-over grounds and ex-roasting chaff to a local nursery and my mother-in-law but we still have some left over which goes on our garden at home. We also re-use cardboard boxes from a couple of local businesses to send our coffee to our wholesale customers.”

Chiasso Coffee roast fresh in Capalaba, Brisbane following the Italian tradition.

Chiasso Coffee is available to buy online.

Guest post written by Bean Brewding

Bean Brewding’s Self-guided Coffee Tours

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Bean Brewding have just released a self-guided Brisbane CBD coffee tour.  You can use their handy guide which includes a map and all the contact details of eight of the leading coffee spots. You’ll be able to explore some of Brisbane’s best independent coffee styles, roasters and café environments. You can use the guide in your own time with your friends or family, or during your breaks at work with your colleagues.

This exclusive guide will allow you to have one free coffee and give your 10% off your next Bean Brewding coffee tour.

Download your copy of Bean Brewding’s self-guided Brisbane CBD coffee tour here.

Restaurant review: Primal Pantry

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To celebrate Matt being on holidays we thought we enjoy a nice lunch out. If you are following a paleo diet your options are somewhat limited in Brisbane, but we decided to try the Primal Pantry. The Primal Pantry serves only organic produce, 100 percent grass fed meat, no refined sugar, no grains, no processed oils and limited dairy. It is the ideal place to go if you have allergies or food intolerances.

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For entre we shared succulent Crispy Chicken Wings with prosciutto wrapped scallops and creamy cauliflower puree.

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For a main I tried the Confit Duck on seeded bread, with superfood watercress and caramelized orange.

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Matt had the Mexican Beef Cheeks with crisp tortilla and cucumber salsa. I tasted some and we both thought this was the highlight of the meal.

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We also ordered sweet potato fries with aioli sauce and roast vegetables as a side.

We agreed it was a nice place to have lunch and that we’d be back sometime soon, perhaps to try their tempting breakfast menu next time.

Primal Pantry
Corner Florence and Macquarie Streets
Teneriffe, Brisbane QLD 4005
 Primal Pantry on Urbanspoon

Restaurant Review: The Paleo Café Brisbane

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The Paleo Café is located on the corner of Market and Mary St, and has both indoor and outdoor seating. I have also been to the Paddington café where there is only indoor seating and no bookings allowed. They are both popular places so you’ll need to arrive early to get a seat.

The paleo diet encourages followers to eat like cavemen – consuming lots of meats, eggs, nuts, seeds and berries, while eliminating sugar, grains, legumes and dairy. So one great thing about this chain of cafes is that it is the perfect place to eat for people with celiac disease or food intolerances.

The first time we visited for breakfast, where I had eggs and avocado on toast. I was keen to try the grain free bread, which turned out to be the perfect addition. I also tried the bulletproof coffee, but it wasn’t for me. I like their regular cappuccino which you can have on coconut or almond milk.

For my birthday we went again to the Paleo Café and just about all of us ordered the lamb burger, which is a tender lamb patty on linseed focaccia with mint aioli, rocket, tomato, onion, avocado and gherkin topped with beetroot relish and served with sweet potato chips and more aioli. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the chips were the highlight.

For work lunches I have regularly been having the Mediterranean Vegetable Salad, which is a generous mix of roasted eggplant, olives, onion and greens, topped with a moreish salad dressing. You have the option of adding some protein, with chicken, prawns, salmon or kangaroo, but I like to have it plain. Sometimes I treat myself to dessert, but these are really rich, so it’s best to share with a friend.

Highly recommended for a lunch date with friends or family.

Paleo Café
The Paleo Café chain has five cafes in Cairns, Paddington in Brisbane, Brisbane CBD, Bondi Junction in Sydney and the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.

Paleo Cafe on Urbanspoon

Review of the Queen Street Markets, Brisbane

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For the last couple of weeks, I have been sampling a different lunch at the Jan Powers Queen Street markets in the Brisbane City.

Here is my list of favourite C.B.D market day lunches:

  • Bagel Boys – They are always popular so you have to line up, but the time goes pretty quickly. Always excellent.
  • At the Skinny Scoop, I had an icy cold acai classic bowl, topped with muesli and fresh fruit. It was yummy but perhaps more suited to the warmer months.
  • The Pocket from Burleigh makes a delicious falafel with fresh salad in a pita bread. Recommended.
  • Goetzinger Small goods make good German Sausages, but it is filling. They serve Swiss and German style sausages in a hot dog style bun.

Other produce you can buy at the city markets are as follows:

  • Goat Pie Guy – I have previously had Goat Pies from the Goat Pie Guy and I highly recommend them to take home and pop in the oven for a quick and delicious meal. Unfortunately, they don’t sell them hot at the city markets.
  • Good Mix is a combination of superfoods to have instead of your regular muesli – Chia seeds, almonds, pepitas, coconut, buckwheat, flaxseed, sesame seeds, goji berries, raw cacao nibs, puffed amaranth, puffed millet.
  • Iced Tea – I’ve tried the mojito and raspberry iced tea, and both were refreshing.
  • I Heart Brownies – I tried the Jaffa flavoured brownie from I Heart Brownies. It was a rich chocolaty and orange flavoured cake in the shape of a heart.
  • The Popcorn Man – is very morish, but one big bag is better shared with a group of people.
  • Deliciously flavoured peanuts from the Peanut Van make a great snack.

The Queen Street markets may be crowded at lunch time, but are worthwhile to try some of Brisbane’s best produce.

Carseldine Markets

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Carseldine Markets are located on the old QUT Carseldine Campus in Brisbane and are open Every Saturday from 6am to 12 noon.

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I had a pleasant visit and enjoyed a filling breakfast of pulled pork and then a delicious super healthy green smoothie. There is a gourmet food and dining are where you can pick up breakfast or brunch.

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The Carseldine Farmers and Artisan Markets is North Brisbane’s very own genuine produce, foodie and craft market with over 150 stalls. It features a wide range of wares focusing on premium and in-season fresh produce from South East Queensland.

You can find traditional and gourmet foods, market provisions made by passionate producers, growers, farmers, painters, cooks, chefs, designers, bakers, fishmongers, butchers, baristas, and juicers.

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There is also live music, activities for the kids, and a huge seating area.

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Recommended for those who live locally.

Carseldine Markets
532 Beams Rd (Cnr Beams & Dorville Rd)
Carseldine, Brisbane

Fat Noodle review

For our anniversary we decided to have lunch at Fat Noodle. It is located inside the Treasury Casino, so we were not allowed to take our camera in, (which is why there are no photos). Although having said that, our neighbours were taking photos with their phone cameras, so I don’t know how strict they are on their no camera policy in the restaurant.

The menu consists mainly of Vietnamese dishes, with a sprinkling of Chinese, Thai and Malay. The restaurant is owned by Luke Nguyen, so we expected the dishes to be authentic and fresh.

We were greeted with Jasmine tea, but I decided to try the fresh ginger lemonade while Matt had a glass of wine. Entrées were bought out pronto, and I devoured huge fluffy BBQ pork buns, while Matt sampled the delicious prawn and pork rice paper rolls.

For a main, I couldn’t go past the signature dish, Fat Pho Noodles, which is a 20-hour beef broth, with thinly sliced Angus sirloin and brisket, bean sprouts, fresh Thai basil, fresh chilli and rice noodles. It was a huge dish with plenty of noodles and a great meaty flavoured broth. I regretted eating the pork buns and I struggled to finish my dish. Matt ordered the Singapore Laksa, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

Overall Fat Noodle served generously sized dishes with authentic Asian flavours.

Fat Noodle
Treasury Casino
130 William St
Brisbane CBD
Ph 07 3306 8888
Open 7 days, lunch, dinner and late

Meatcart online butcher review

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Meatcart is an online butcher (www.meatcart.com.au) with their production facility located in Eagle Farm, Brisbane.  The meat is grass-fed all the way through. This results in a leaner cut of meat with less marbling. Meatcart offers high-quality beef, pork, chicken, lamb and seafood which you can order from the convenience of your home.

We decided to try Meatcart to see if there was any difference. We ordered 500g each of pork loin chops, lamb loin chops and organic beef rump steak. The meat was precut into handy portion sizes. For example, the 500g of beef steak has 2 to 3 slices of steak, whereas the 1kg option has 4 to 6 slices. Meatcart have a range for those who are looking after their weight, called CorrectWeight, where the meat is pre-portioned and trimmed of fat.

Meatcart have a range for those who are looking after their weight, called CorrectWeight, where the meat is pre-portioned and trimmed of fat.

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The meat arrived on Wednesday just after 3pm in the afternoon and was icy cool when I opened the bag to put the meat in the fridge. It was packed in an insulated cooler bag, with two large plastic packets of ice cubes. The bag has been fully tested to keep your meat chilled for a minimum of 8 hours.

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The first night we had the pork chops with vegetables. The pork comes from the Darling Downs and it’s nice to know it is 100% Sow Stall Free.

The second night we ate our delicious organic rump steaks with potato chips. They were Certified Organic, which means the animals have been raised with no exposure to artificial elements such as hormones, growth promoters, pesticides, residues, or chemical fertilisers.

On the third night, we tried the lamb chops with steamed vegetables. The lamb chops are from New South Wales and Victoria and are 100% grass fed. All three cuts of meat were delicious, but the lamb was my favourite.

Meatcart delivers to all areas of Brisbane 2 business days after your order is placed. There is a flat rate delivery fee of $7.15 including GST per delivery.

Thank you Meatcart for providing us with a sample pack of meat. 

L’angolo Bistro review

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L’angolo Bistro means ‘the angle’ in Italian, as the restaurant is right on the corner of the building in Hamilton Harbour. I was invited to attend a tasting event last night. L’angolo Bistro menu consists of authentic traditional dishes, as well as more modern interpretations. They also try to use fresh and organic ingredients where possible, this includes pizza dough from organic flour and a selection of organic and biodynamic wines. 

I settled into the comfy bench seats and here’s what we tasted:

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Anchovies marinated in a Chardonnay Vinegar, with breadcrumb and Fior di Latte – fresh and not at all fishy as I was expecting!

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Deep Fried Baby Calamari served with Basil Pesto Mayo and Lime – tender sticks of calamari that were cooked just right.

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Delicious tomatoey meatballs made using grandma’s recipe.

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An authentic thin pizza base – pizza with mozzarella, Italian pistachios, grated zucchini, diced tomatoes, parma prosciutto and shaved grana.

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Risotto with prawns and asparagus in a lobster bisque – was impressively presented and cooked to al dente.

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Homemade mushroom and spinach lasagna with black truffle bechamel.

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My personal favourite of the night was tagliatelle with marinated quails, pancetta and Sardinian Mirto. The homemade saffron egg pasta was divine.

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By this stage I was getting close to full, and the pork belly came in a close second favourite. The crispy skin was perfect (hint: turn it upside to cut it) and it was served with truffle mashed potato and mushroom sauce.

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The Italian Dark Chocolate and Almond Tarte reminded me an American brownie.

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The Traditional Italian doughnuts were filled with a delightful Chantilly Cream and served with hot chocolate.

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And lastly, there was just enough room to pop in a decadent Italian Chocolate Truffle filled with pistachios and walnuts.

The menu includes many gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free options.

Overall I was impressed by the quality and variety of dishes we were served.

L’angolo Bistro is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while also offering a small aperitvo menu in keeping with the Italian lifestyle.

L’angolo Bistro
T04, Hamilton Harbour,
Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton

Thank you L’angolo Bistro for inviting me to be a guest at your restaurant.